W. Stull Holt papers

Holt, W. Stull (William Stull), 1896-1981


17.85 cubic ft (19 boxes) including 2 audiotape reels, and 1 audio disc, plus 2 vertical files.
Arranged in 6 accessions: Accession 0776-001, W. Holt Stull papers, 1922-1981 (bulk1940-1979); Accession 0776-004, W. Stull Holt recording of faculty lectures, 1953; Accession 0776-005, W. Holt Stull papers, 1904-1932 (bulk 1917-1919); Accession 0776-006, W. Holt Stull papers, 1935-1982 (bulk 1955-1982); Accession 0776-007, W. Stull Holt photographs and squadron histories, 1918-1920; Accession 0776-008, W. Stull Holt papers, 1964-1981.
The William Stull Holt papers cover the life and career of the American history professor through correspondence, diaries, photographs, reports, speeches, writings and other materials. The bulk of the collection relates to Holt's academic posts and several of the major correspondents are comprised of fellow University of Washington faculty members, as well as colleagues from other institutions, including Douglass Adair, Arthur Bestor, Robert E. Burke, Warren Cohen, Giovanni Costigan, Donald Emerson, Lawrence Gelfand, Kent Greenfield, Solomon Katz, Thomas Pressly, Max Savelle, Robert Skotheim and Dennis Strong. Other correspondents reflect Holt's political activities and include such notable figures as Brock Adams; his affiliation with the Democratic Party at the local and national level is further represented through conference and convention files. Also of note among Holt's professional papers is a 1953 reel to reel audiotape recording of lectures given by Holt and Savelle. His military service during the First World War is documented through diaries and photographs (loose and in one album), some of which were published in The Great War at Home and Abroad (1999).
Professor of American history, William Stull Holt (1896-1981), who served as chair of the University of Washington's Department of History also was active in the Democratic Party and known for his military service in both World Wars -- Born in New York City, Holt attended Cornell University, but interrupted his studies to join the American Ambulance Field Service in 1917, later enlisting in the American Air Service after the United States officially entered the war. He saw active service as an observer-bombardier-gunner and later was awarded a French Croix de Guerre. After the war, Holt completed his degree at Cornell (1920) and went on to receive his M.A. from George Washington University (1923) and a Ph. D. from Johns Hopkins University (1926). Holt taught at both GWU and Hopkins for several years, before joining the University of Washington faculty as chair of the History Department in 1940. He took leave in 1942 to volunteer for military intelligence duties in Europe during World War II. After his return, Holt remained involved in the administrative affairs of the University of Washington until his retirement in 1967. Professionally, he was an active member of the American Historical Association, serving on its council and as an editor of its journal. He also published many works, including Treaties Defeated by the Senate (1933). Holt participated heavily in local politics, serving in local and state branches of the Democratic Party, as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in both 1968 and 1972 and as a member of the National Platform Committee. After his death, Holt's World War I diaries and letters were published as The Great War at Home and Abroad (1999).
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